We have been commissioned to write a concise, practical guide to the planning system, in the RIBA Publications series, aimed at young architects and small practices. One of our objectives is to help increase architects' awareness of relevant planning matters and to narrow the gap in understanding between some members of the two professions.
We must stress, however, that our book is not intended to be an academic treatise on the often uneasy relations between the two professions, but a set of useful pointers, tips and checklists to aid architects in their day-to-day dealings with the planners (and, hopefully, vice versa).
What particular bÛte noires do you have when dealing with planners and the system they operate? How do you suggest that these can be avoided? We will be placing a similar letter in the planning press and hope to enliven the guide with some quotes and comments from respondents in both camps.
In addition, we are hoping to contact directly a representative sample of key players. Volunteers are warmly welcomed.
We are acutely aware that we are preparing this guide at a time when there are significant changes afoot to the planning system and, where possible, these will be included (or at least referred to) in the book.
When making your comments please could you identify your particular role (eg sole practitioner, a small practice etc). Preferably these should be sent by e-mail. Our addresses are . bomp@ukgateway. net and philip@moren. demon. co. uk John Collins and Phillip Moren, Chester